How did UGA get Mickens to flip from Auburn?

Dukes & Bell
February 06, 2019 - 4:33 pm

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The Athletics’ Seth Emerson joined Dukes & Bell Wednesday to put a bow on Georgia’s 2019 recruiting class, which saw the Dawgs flip a five-star receiver who had been committed to Auburn until today.

Emerson talked about if the Dawgs would have the number one ranked recruiting class when it’s all said and done.

“It depends on who you ask," said Emerson. "Rivals has Georgia slightly ahead of Alabama but 247 has Alabama far out in front of Georgia.”

When asked about how UGA was able to flip George Mickens from Auburn...

“He had been trending towards sticking with the Auburn or commitment or Tennessee,” said Emerson “But Georgia stuck with it. There is some question on whether he would qualify. They only signed two receivers in December and they lost five leaving, so they needed a receiver. He was on the board and they tried to make it work and it did.”

Emerson talked about whether or not the transfer portal is to blame for the recent string of transfers.

“The portal itself is overrated," Emerson said. "There are 1,400 players currently in the portal and that number may be eye-popping, but the number of players looking to transfer is normally around 1,400. It’s just now there is a mechanism to show the players who are interested. It’s a good system because it can help the school out as well, and the NCAA has gotten much more liberal with the waivers and that’s what has changed with transfers not the portal.”